Joseph Heisler - Fireman 1st Class

Joseph Heisler was born circa 1840 in Switzerland and enlisted on 4 January 1864 at the Erie, Pennsylvania Naval Rendezvous as a Fireman 1st Class for a 1 year enlistment[1].

Fletcher was attached to the Tecumseh in April 1864 [2]. He was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in Navy casualty lists.[3], [4].

He was approximately 24 years old and had been in the Navy for just over eight months.



Awards & Memorials


Alternate Spellings of Name

On some casualty lists, he is listed as "James Heisler"

References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Erie, Pennsylvania for the week ending January 9, 1864

[2]"List of men transfered to the U.S.S. Tecumseh from the receiving ship North Carolina, April, 1864" Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion: Series I, Volume 21 West Gulf Blockading Squadron from January 1 to December 31, 1864 (1906)

[3] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[4] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885